Most people are collectors of something. However there are those who will spend a great deal of time, energy and money to acquire the items that are so dear to their hearts. Similarly there are those whose interests lie in collecting exquisitely made antique dolls in elaborate handmade period garments, painstakingly made miniatures and teddy bears, that special toy beloved of so many children handed down from generation to generation as well as antique doll houses and toys. Collectors and dealers from around the world can see all this and more at the London International Antique Dolls, Toys, Miniatures and Teddy Bear Fair scheduled to be held on 12th May at the Victoria & Albert Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood. Spaces are on offer for 300 stands at the largest show in Europe of its kind. Put together by a specialist with an understanding of the trends and current requirements of this type of specialised hobby, the fair is a unique event that offers visitors and buyers the opportunity to view and purchase authentic and valuable items that can be left to future generations.
An important event in the calendar of collectors since 1977, the fair a unique blend of antiques and crafts has been attracting dealers, hobbyists, craftspeople and just indulgers in nostalgia for over 35 years.
Dolls have always been closely associated with vintage fashion and textiles. Buttons made by hand, several kinds of luxurious materials, dolls of wood, china, bisque, papier mache and modern Barbie dolls, antiques and artist teddy bears as well as tin windup toys provide historical insights into the current trends of the hobby. Visitors can bring items for free valuations by specialist dealers. The event offers plenty of browsing opportunities while being a nice way to meet up with like minded people and also to spend some quality time with the family.
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